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Unit 5 – Group Discussion Guide

Hope Community Church


The Church

Icebreaker

  • Share a time you were a part of a team.  What is your favorite memory from that experience?

  • What is one item in your house that is missing a part?  How well does it work compared to when it had all the pieces?


Technology has made it simple to do most things we need to from the comfort of our homes.  We don’t even have to go to the grocery store - many businesses will deliver what we order to our doorstep! It is natural in this environment to wonder if there is still any value in physically going to church when so much content is available on-line.  With that in mind, answer the question below as a group:

  • What are the reasons for physically going to church, faithfully?

  • What do we miss when we opt to do “church” at home?

  • What impact have you seen social media have on your relationships?  How have they changed from years past or from your parent’s generation?


The church isn’t a facility - it isn’t an auditorium where we worship on the weekends.  The church is wherever God’s people are!  The church is each one of us working together for the glory of God.

Read John 13:35, 1 John 4:20

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

  • According to these verses, why is it so critical for believers to be in relationship with each other and meet regularly?

  • Why is it impossible to love God without loving fellow believers?

 

There are over thirty different “one another” commands in the New Testament.  Here are a few:

  • love one another (John 13:35)

  • forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)

  • accept one another (Romans 15:7)

  • submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)

  • pray for one another (James 5:16)

  • encourage one another (1 Thess. 5:11)

  • bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2)

  • be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

  • teach one another (Colossians 3:16)

  • serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

  • Who do you have at church that you regularly practice the “one anothers” with?

  • If we hop from church to church as “consumers,” going here for this program, and there for that program, what are we in danger of missing?


Read Ephesians 3:10

“God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”

  • What is the purpose of the church? How are we uniquely suited to fulfill this purpose together?

  • What excites you most about the purpose we have been given as a church?  How will you view “coming to church” differently than you did before this study?

Take time in group to share any action steps you chose from your individual study or choose one below. Partner up to review how it’s going with previously chosen ones. (Do not feel the need to do a new action step each week! You can always come back at a later time to choose a new step to work on.)

Action Steps:  Choose one of the areas below and then either a “crawl,” “walk,” or “run” step.  The crawl steps are beginning steps, the walk steps intermediate, and the run steps more advanced.  Note:  if you are still working on “crawl,” “walk,” or “run” steps from previous units, don’t feel pressured to do any of these!  Or choose a “crawl” or “walk” step below for now. Pace yourselves!

Connecting intentionally to others in my church….

CRAWL

Attend a small group weekly.

WALK

Invite others to your small group.

RUN

Lead a small group weekly.

 

Serve Selflessly….

CRAWL

Volunteer at your church on a one-time or short term opportunity.

WALK

Commit to serve in some kind of on-going ministry.

RUN

Lead a ministry team or small group.


 

Using painful past experiences as opportunities to help others...

CRAWL

Write out how Christ has healed or used a painful experience in your life for God’s glory.

WALK

Share with a friend or your small group how Christ has healed or used this painful experience for God’s glory.

RUN

Share this painful experience with a pastor to see if you can use it to help others in your church.

 

Giving generously....

CRAWL

Begin percentage priority giving. Pick a percentage to start with and let it grow over time as your faith grows.

WALK

Give the first 10% of your income to your church on a regular basis.

RUN

Give from your abundance above the first 10%.

 

Parent Action Steps - Choose one or more of  the Action Steps below based on the ages of your children.

 

PRESCHOOL

Discuss the following “one another” commands from the Bible with your preschooler.

·   Pray for one another (James 5:16)

Say: “Who would you like to pray for today/tonight? Why do they need prayer?”

·   Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Say: “Do you know someone who needs help or could use some cheering up? What could we do to make them smile?”

·   Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Say: “Is there someone you need to practice being kind to? How could you treat them with kindness?”

ELEMENTARY

Discuss the following “one another” commands from the Bible with your child.

·   Pray for one another (James 5:16)

Say: “Who would you like to pray for today/tonight? Why do they need prayer?”

·   Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

Say: “Do you know someone who is having a tough time or needs help? What could we do to make them smile?”

·   Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Say: “Is there someone you need to practice being kind to? Is there someone you think I need to practice being kind to? How could we treat them with kindness?”

·   Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Say: “Is there someone that you need to forgive? Is there someone you think I need to forgive? Let’s pray about that right now.”

STUDENTS

Challenge your student in one or all of the following:

·   CONNECT: Maturity plays out in relationships-Attend a small group or student ministry weekly

·   SERVE: Being a member of the Body of Christ means you are intentionally connected and doing your part-Commit to serve in an on-going ministry

·   GIVE: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matthew 6:21 Tithe from their allowance, babysitting money, jobs, etc.